- Willow Basketmaking Workshop
August 21, 2021 - August 22, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Over a relaxing two days, Sarah Loughlin from Hopewood Baskets, will teach you to weave a wicker log basket.
Set within our beautiful leafy patch of the forest, you will learn the skills needed to weave willow into a functional basket. Whilst weaving, you will learn from Sarah all about the willow preparation process; giving you advice on how to source, sort, soak and mellow willow into pliable weaving rods. You will learn how to weave a round base, and learn a variety of weaving techniques, before creating inset handles and finishing the basket with a border. Using tried and tested weaving techniques, you will go home with a round-base kindling or log basket and the skills to be able to make more in the future.
Sarah will calmly guide you through each stage, so no experience is needed, and there will be plenty of time to settle into the environment and to find your piece of calm within the natural rhythm of this ancient craft.
This basket workshop is aimed at beginners.
We will be working outside so please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
A small class size of just 6 people.
You must be aged 18 or over to attend this course.
As you may expect, willow weaving can be hard work on the hands, so please bear this in mind before you book.
All tools needed for the day are provided, and the materials are included in the cost of the workshop.
Please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks are provided.
About the course tutor
My name is Sarah and I am a basketmaker, craftswoman and teacher. I live and work in the beautiful town of Bewdley, having been born and raised in Worcestershire. The baskets I create are inspired by my own experience of finding solace and hope in the woods; the joy a simple walk with ‘basket-in-hand’ can bring. Growing up surrounded by the natural beauty of the forest has given me a love and appreciation of the healing properties of nature, and particularly of woodland. It is from this place of deep appreciation that I create my basketry work; in honour of the natural material of willow and wood.
Working humbly and respectfully with natural materials is a huge aspect of this craft. All the materials I use come from nature. The baskets I create are made from basketry grade willow, sourced from a range of suppliers across England. I use a whole host of different willow varieties to create baskets with subtle blends of colours, or bold contrasts! All the willow I use shows off its natural colour.
For over ten years I have taught in primary and secondary schools, which I have loved doing, and it is now such a pleasure to combine my teaching skills with my basketry work through delivering weaving workshops. Giving people an experience where they get the same sense of peace and connection that I get when I weave is really important to me and the focus of my workshops.